A Fox News presenter accidentally used a racial slur in a rant about China’s “threat” to the national security of the US on Thursday.
Bob Beckel was speaking on The Five programme about the reported infiltration of US government databases to target people applying to top-level security clearance.
He claimed “Chinamen” had been taught “how to do computers” by Americans.
“I have said along, as bad as Islamist terrorists are as a threat to this country, the Chinese are the biggest threat to the national security of the United States,” the presenter said.
“They have been, they will be and they can wait – they’re very patient.
“As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen, er, Chinese people, how to do computers, they go back to China and hack into us.”
The other hosts looked shocked by the outburst but did not attempt to stop Mr Backel.
His fellow presenter, Andrea Tantaros, predicted the clip would end up satirical television show The Soup.
The term “chinamen” is listed as offensive, derogatory or archaic in most dictionaries and is not widely used.
Fox News is known for using controversial hosts, including former presenter Glenn Beck, who gained notoriety for the 9/12 Project and inflammatory statements including calling Barack Obama a racist.
Mr Beckel, a columnist and political pundit, worked for the US State Department from 1977 to 1980, where he served as the youngest Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Carter Administration.
He acted then the national campaign manager for former Vice President Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign.